How Oscar’s other half walks: Of course status-obsessed Hollywood would have an exclusive red carpet, and then an even more exclusive red carpet.

A red velvet rope separated the A-list Oscar red carpet from the B-list one, which was parallel but closer to the fan bleachers. The social rules were as byzantine and strictly enforced as on any studio set. Or in any high school cafeteria.

• Taking cellphone pictures from the B-list red carpet of the megastars a few feet away: allowed.

• Shaking hands across the velvet rope and telling a star how much you admire them: allowed, but only as long as the tuxedoed security guards don’t see.

• Walking down the lower-ranking red carpet at a leisurely pace: Not allowed, as evidenced by the guards continually muttering, “Please keep moving.”

• An A-lister masquerading as a B-lister to get down the carpet quickly: Allowed (and taken advantage of by “Hunger Games” actor Stanley Tucci).


Idina Menzel: ‘Of course I’m nervous’: Idina Menzel acknowledged some pre-performance jitters before singing “Let it Go,” the catchy song from Disney’s “Frozen” that has become a tween anthem. But she said that was only normal.

“If I wasn’t nervous, something would be a little off,” the veteran Broadway songstress, who voices a main role in “Frozen,” told AP Live on the Oscar red carpet.

She said she had a plan for calming her nerves: Pretending she was singing the song to her young son at home.

The song has gone viral, with countless young girls making their own versions and posting them on YouTube.


Jared Leto lets out his inner rock star: Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto let out his inner rocker – if only for a second.

Most stars who acknowledge the Oscar fan bleachers on their walk down the red carpet give out humble waves or blow gentle kisses to the crowd.

The long-haired Leto, who before his nomination for “Dallas Buyers Club” was known as much for his band 30 Seconds to Mars as his acting, gave a slow-rising rocker’s fist and an “Oh yeah” face to rev up the volume of the delighted bleacher fans.

He never stopped walking, though, and disappeared before many could learn what the commotion was about.